Waiting for Adoption

© John Caruso

Waiting for Adoption

jennifer B. short level-classic 3/30/2007 8:23:59 AM

This is a terfice image with lots of emotion to it. #628972

Michelle R. Kovach 3/30/2007 8:49:11 AM

Wonderful to see this one again John! I love the vertical Crop! #4112675

John Caruso 3/30/2007 8:58:46 AM

Thanks for taking a look, Jennifer and Michelle! I apprecaite your comments. #4112725

Dr Silly 3/30/2007 9:20:30 AM

John this is my favorite of the crops of this photo. This is the way I would have done it. Nice job. :O)

John Caruso 3/30/2007 9:27:46 AM

Thanks, Doc! #4112827

Leanne M.E. Boyd 3/30/2007 9:34:53 AM

Excellent shot John, and I am glad he found a home.

Christy Nichols 3/30/2007 10:30:26 AM

Love this one, John! So glad to see it again! #4112959

John Caruso 3/30/2007 1:57:16 PM

Thank you very much, Leanne and Christy! #4113594

Susie Peek-Swint 3/30/2007 3:07:15 PM

I love the compositon and crop on this John ~ great emotional appeal .. glad to hear he/she was placed soon afterwards ~ hope it was to a loving home :) #4113750

John Caruso 3/30/2007 3:10:38 PM

Thanks, Susie. And, yes, he did find a good home! #4113757

Joy Rector 3/31/2007 4:14:06 AM

I love this shot!! #4114932

John Caruso 3/31/2007 6:04:29 AM

Thanks a lot, Joy! #4115147

Lorraine A. Cook 3/31/2007 7:46:30 AM

The photo says it all, John! Glad he found someone to share his love, my friend#4115447

Melissa G. Meiselman 3/31/2007 8:47:20 AM

Very touching image so well taken, John!! #4115597

Christopher Budny level-classic 3/31/2007 6:49:35 PM

Glad to see this rework in... I think this is the best crop, seeing it again. #4117201

Nikki McDonald level-classic 4/1/2007 6:01:53 AM

First time I've seen this--it's very powerful. The DOF on those never-ending bars strengthen both the story and the design. Wonderful detail and clarity on the paw. #4118332

John Caruso level-classic 4/1/2007 11:14:46 AM

Lorraine, Melissa, Chris, and Nikki--

I really appreciate you taking a look and commenting. I'm glad the photo worked for you. And thank you to everyone who suggested this alternate crop. It really has transformed the photo. #4119243

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 4/2/2007 7:03:42 AM

Indeed a powerful image...well done John! #4121709

John Caruso 4/2/2007 7:26:55 AM

Thank you very much, Gail! #4121816

Nikki McDonald level-classic 4/2/2007 11:59:36 AM

Just saw this come up in Editor's First Picks, John. Congratulations. #4122437

John Caruso 4/2/2007 12:03:53 PM

Thanks for the heads-up, Nikki! I appreciate it. #4122446

Carol Teal 4/2/2007 5:46:12 PM

Yes, I saw this under Editor's Picks too. A very emotional image John and I am so glad the dog found a good home. Being that my first career was a vet assistant, I really feel for the animals that are unwanted and unloved. Pet overpopulation is such a real problem that even if you emptied out all the shelters for a day, they would be full again in about a week or less. There are too many pets and not enough homes. Both my cats are spayed. #4123312

John Caruso 4/3/2007 5:28:54 AM

Thanks for your message, Carol. I agree that overpopulation is a terrible problem. Fortunately, stride have been made in the past 10 years or so (at least here in Chicago), and overall shelter intake and euthanasia numbers have decreased while adoptions and spay/neuters have increased. Thanks again for looking! #4124703

Kara L. Hendricks 4/4/2007 2:34:18 PM

Just saw this under Editors Pics... I love it John... The vertical crop makes ALL the difference.... You have a winner...:) #4130408

John Caruso 4/4/2007 2:46:46 PM

Wow, thanks Kara! You make me blush! #4130431

Mitch Spence level-classic 4/13/2007 1:52:56 PM

I really love that you made the paw so small in the photo. It emphasizes the isolation of this pup. You know, when I looked at the thumbnail, the shape of the paw looks like a small animal with its nose sticking out. #4163426

John Caruso 4/13/2007 2:08:28 PM

Thanks Mitch! As always, I apprecaite you taking a look. I never realized that about the thumbnail...I'll have to look at it with fresh eyes! Thanks again. #4163503

Datha Y. Thompson 4/15/2007 8:52:48 PM

One of my Favorites in your gallery John!! I LOVE everything about this image and the message is Powerful :0)
Outstanding work :0) #4171423

Su Sana E. P level-classic 4/15/2007 9:02:59 PM

Very touching image!! Great EYE and capture, John!! #4171457

Nikki McDonald level-classic 4/15/2007 9:39:04 PM

I have to go on record as being with those who think you have a winner here, John. Every time I see this photo--which was fairly frequently when it was in Editor's Picks and is now every time I open this discussion thread to read the new posts :) --I like it more. It's like a really good book that just keeps speaking to you. I really hope the judges experienced this as they worked their way from semi-semi-finalists to finalists. #4171579

John Caruso 4/16/2007 8:52:11 AM

Thanks so much, Datha, SuSana, and Nikki! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your very kind words. #4173931

Carol Teal 4/16/2007 11:26:52 AM

I agree with Mitch that in the thumbnail it looks like a small animal (I thought a ferret at first). This is a very moving image John. #4174312

John Caruso 4/16/2007 11:46:25 AM

Thank you very much for looking, Carol! #4174348

Colleen Farrell level-classic 4/18/2007 10:43:37 AM

This is such a poignant image, John--your composition and DOF make it really outstanding. I can see the SPCA using this on the cover of their magazine. It's definitely a winner, in my book. And I'm so glad he was adopted!! :D #4182645

John Caruso 4/18/2007 11:49:00 AM

I really appreciate you taking a look and leaving such warm words. Thanks Coleen! #4182839

Katarina Mansson 4/19/2007 4:09:32 AM

I loved this before - I love it in this new crop even more! The image is striking - it tells me a lot and makes me feel a lot. The lines are superb, the clarity, the DOF and the POV as well. I cross my fingers it will also get the appropriate recognition by the judges John! #4185230

John Caruso 4/19/2007 5:13:07 AM

Wow, thank you very, very much, Katarina, for your very kind comments. I always love hearing from you! #4185632

Christopher Budny level-classic 4/24/2007 3:13:42 PM

Woohoo!!! Congratulations, John! I hope this advances to yellow! ;) #4205105

Nikki McDonald level-classic 4/24/2007 3:17:56 PM

Can't tell you how happy I am to see this recognized--it's masterful. I really do love it more and more each time I see it. Big congratulations and here's hoping! #4205141

Nikki McDonald level-classic 4/24/2007 3:31:20 PM

Wooohooo congrats to you John! This is a wonderful shot! #4205283

David Pratt level-classic 4/24/2007 3:36:30 PM

Congratulations John! Way to go! #4205335

Megan p level-classic 4/24/2007 3:48:27 PM

Congratulations John!!! This is such a powerful image, WOW!! #4205440

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 4/24/2007 4:07:21 PM

Congradulation's WTG - Peaches #4205617

Susan Fox level-classic 4/24/2007 4:33:11 PM

Wonderful!!!! So glad to see this one make finalist. A big congratulations John! #4205854

Leanne M.E. Boyd level-classic 4/24/2007 4:58:12 PM

Congratulations John!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well deserved! #4206088

Allison Gaulin level-classic 4/24/2007 6:18:21 PM

This is such a powerful image- I just wanted to cry until I read that he had found a home!! Congrats- a fantastic shot here!! #4206675

Kenneth Mucke 4/24/2007 6:29:22 PM

Stunning finalist John #4206817

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 4/24/2007 7:02:08 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, John. Good luck in the next round. #4207169

John Caruso 4/24/2007 7:27:39 PM

To all of you--Chris, Nikki, Trula, David, Megan, Nancy, Susan, Leanne, Allison, Kenneth, and Kay--thank you very, very much for your overwhelmingly kind words! #4207365

Kara L. Hendricks 4/24/2007 8:46:24 PM

Woohooo... Can I call em' or what??...

GO JOHN... GO JOHN....(enter pom poms)

I am still waiting on them to change the hue of the badge and type winner across it..:)

Congrats!!! #4207911

Lorraine A. Cook 4/24/2007 8:50:26 PM

Congratulations on this awesome finalist, John!<:)) #4207938

Sylvia Rossler 4/24/2007 8:56:07 PM

Big congrats John :o) Your favourite made it :O) #4207971

Carol Teal 4/24/2007 9:11:34 PM

A huge congrats John! I knew this one would make it. It just says so much! I do believe we will see it in the winner's circle! #4208069

Datha Y. Thompson 4/24/2007 10:26:18 PM

Me Too!!! Hope to see this go All the way John!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :0) #4208330

Colleen Farrell level-classic 4/25/2007 12:14:15 AM

Congratulations on your finalist, John! This photo moves us esthetically and emotionally--I hope I'll be back in a day or two to congratulate you on your gold! #4208572

Katarina Mansson 4/25/2007 12:47:11 AM

This is (still!) one of my favourites in your gallery - it touches my heart every time I look at it. The lines, composition, DOF and colors (and crop :-) all make it into this well-deserved finalist. I keep my fingers crossed in the next round John! #4208665

Laurie Daily level-classic 4/25/2007 4:33:17 AM

What a great image that certainly tells a story with a happy ending. Congratulations, John! #4209485

Christy Nichols level-classic 4/25/2007 4:55:57 AM

Oh I am SO glad to see this one again! Definitely a winner, John! Congratulations! #4209707

Dr Silly level-classic 4/25/2007 5:00:02 AM

Congrats John on your finalist. :O)

John Caruso level-classic 4/25/2007 5:05:05 AM

I really am overwhelmed by all your kind words and support. Thank you all very, very much! #4209826

Robert Baer 4/25/2007 5:13:10 AM

that paw sure says it all. congratulations on this very special finalist!!! #4209915

Aleksandra Miesak 4/25/2007 5:51:47 AM

What a great finalist! Makes me want to go to a shelter and add to my family. #4210280

John Caruso 4/25/2007 6:57:18 AM

Tahnks so much Justin and Aleksandra! #4210774

AMALIA Veralli 4/25/2007 7:17:20 AM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist! Love the pov. #4210893

Janine Russell level-classic 4/25/2007 7:57:44 AM

John, congratulations on your finalist. #4211223

John Caruso level-classic 4/25/2007 8:31:25 AM

I tip my hat in thanks, Amalia and Janine! #4211464

Mitch Spence level-classic 4/25/2007 9:39:05 AM

You bet it's a finalist, John! Atta boy! #4211807

John Caruso level-classic 4/25/2007 10:27:37 AM

It's nice to hear from you, Mitch! Thanks for looking and commenting. #4212059

Candy Avera level-classic 4/25/2007 3:19:26 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist. #4213244

Ken Smith level-classic 4/25/2007 7:52:13 PM

Congrats, John. I saw this photo each time I opened up the countdown thread. Glad to see it again! #4214138

John Caruso level-classic 4/26/2007 5:01:03 AM

Thanks so much Candy and Ken! I'm so happy you liked it. #4215600

Maya Schlegel 5/1/2007 7:57:44 PM

Outstanding image, definitely a winner!! Congrats!! I love the lines and the paw wrap.... emotion plus :-) Well done! #4237153

John Caruso 5/1/2007 8:45:44 PM

Thanks so much for taking a look, Maya. I really do appreciate it! #4237271

Gabby Lewis 5/6/2007 3:05:58 AM

The image is so simple. The title pulls on your heart strings.

John Caruso 5/6/2007 8:29:30 PM

Thank you so much for your comments, Gabby! #4254862

LC K 5/22/2007 3:15:39 PM

Wow this photo has so much emotion. I wanted to run out and adopt a dog as soon as I saw it! So simple and so touching. A great capture. #4313648

John Caruso 5/23/2007 5:04:31 AM

I truly appreciate you taking a look, L.C.K., and I'm glad you connected with it! #4315808

Tracy Monte 6/25/2007 12:28:30 PM

I love this...makes me sad, but I love it! #4435413

John Caruso 6/25/2007 1:09:06 PM

Thanks for looking, Tracy. I'm glad you stopped by. #4435508

Ronna D. Conseen 5/12/2008 11:43:18 AM

Wow! This has SO MUCH emotion in just a tiny little paw. It's one of those sad pictures that make you want to rescue all the stray doggies, without being over-the-top. This is really touching. #5913779

John Caruso 5/12/2008 8:48:35 PM

Thank you so very much Ronna. I'm glad you connected with it! #5915298

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1/200 at f/3.5; Lens 135 f/2L; ISO 200; Hand Held; Natural Light

This dog was up for adoption at The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Shortly after I made the photo, he found a new home.

Uploaded on 3/30/2007 8:14:48 AM

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